Agent Appreciation Day

Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary (@joemts on Twitter) has been my agent for just over two months now.


  • He found me via Twitter. (Yes, really!)
  • He seems to know everyone. (Yes, everyone!)
  • He seems to know about every book ever written. (It’s like talking to a very opinionated encyclopedia of publishing.)
  • He talks about my book in D&D terms sometimes, to help me understand. (“He’s like an air elemental, right?”)
  • He finds all the places where I have unintentionally referenced Star Wars in my book. (“This is the end of The Empire Strikes Back, yes?”)
  • His wife and I went to the same college at the same time. (So Joe and I probably met back in 1990!)
  • He loves martial arts movies. (And suggested I rewatch HERO for inspiration on a particular fight scene!)
  • He wanted me to add more fight scenes to my book. (More fight scenes! Maybe this should have been the only item on the list…)
  • His revision notes and suggestions made my book better. (And I love that we can talk theme and worldbuilding and heroic journeys!)

There’s so much more I could say, but let me end with this:

  • He’s a super nice, smart, funny guy, and I trust him with my book and my career.

Thanks, Joe!


Bruce Cordell 8 years ago .

Wow! Sounds great! If I ever look for an agent, sounds like Joe will be at the top of my list.

    Jenn Reese 8 years ago .

    Bruce, we had you at "air elemental," didn't we. ;-)

Elana Johnson 8 years ago .

Wow, he sounds simply amazing! Congrats! Happy Agent Day!

Julia 8 years ago .

Sounds like a fabulous agent, tailor-made for you! Woot!

Jenn Reese 8 years ago .

Thanks, Elana!

Julia — Yes, I'm very lucky I found someone who gets *me*, not just my book! Thanks for stopping by!

Joe Monti 8 years ago .

Am I allowed to respond? Ha! Jenn, I totally forgot about that Air Elemental comment! Ha!

And there is nothing finer than a great fight scene in a middle grade novel. Bring it on girl!

Thanks again

    Jenn Reese 8 years ago .

    Joe, of course you can reply! (But only if you've given me good news earlier in the day.)

    Regarding the Air Elemental, you may have been going more "Elemental" than D&D. We were talking about the role of elements in the novel at that point, if I recall correctly. So you can keep your d20s in your closet… for now.

Christine 8 years ago .

Gee…Maybe I should join the Twitterverse…Joe sounds lovely!

Suzette Saxton 8 years ago .

He found you via Twitter. WOW that is cool. I've been hearing of that more often lately!

Wishing you all the best.

    Jenn Reese 8 years ago .

    Suzette — Yes, Twitter is kind of amazing, and I'm glad so many agencies are using it. VERY glad!!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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